Israeli Police Restrict Entry of Worshipers into Al-Aqsa Mosque

WAFA FEB 21 2012

JERUSALEM, February 21, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli police Tuesday imposed restrictions on entry of Palestinians under 40 years of age, including women, into the Old City of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, according to witnesses.

They said Israeli police set up barricades at Old City gates, checking identity papers of people trying to enter the walled city and prevented the younger ones from entering.

Police stationed at the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, also prevented Muslim worshippers planning to perform prayers in the Mosque from entering it.

The Israeli measures came following calls by Palestinians to gather in the Mosque area to foil plans by Jewish extremists who intend to visit the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque to perform religious rituals.

Similar attempts on Sunday by Jewish extremists provoked clashes between police and Muslim worshippers inside the Mosque compound.
Jews say the compound, known as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Holy Sanctuary, and which houses al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the site of the Jewish temple destroyed 2000 years ago and want the Muslim mosques destroyed to rebuild their temple over their ruins.

T.R./M.S.


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